I note in the course paper for unit 2, the comment "reading requires the sounding out of words".......
While this is the standard way of teaching reading, to my mind, reading is essentially decoding symbols for linguistic meaning, and learning reading is learning to decode those symbols.
I accept that it is easier to make the link between reading and spoken language, and I am aware of methods that teach deaf children to read use the link between the alphabetical symbols (written language) and hand signs that deaf people will have already learned.
However, this way of learning to read - making an association between an existing code (sound or symbol) and the new symbolic code (written language).
Surely, this is not the only way of learning to read, since the end result is to associate a set of symbols with meaning, and spoken language can be bypassed or supported by graphical images.
I am assuming that there are other methods used to teach reading to people who have some form of language dysfunction. Please advise or comment
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